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Morgan: "It's a winning start, three points"

31 August 2016

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Chris Morgan had his frustrations but overall was happy that the much-changed Spireites side could get a 2-1 win over Wolves in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake got the hosts off to a flyer with a close-range goal, with the Spireites' chances soon boosted when Ethan Ebanks-Landell was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge.

However, after the break the under-manned Wolves fought back, though Christian Herc's leveller was made redundant by a Kristian Dennis strike almost immediately afterwards. Aaron Collins had the chance to level things again in added time, but missed from the penalty spot.

"We could have made it easier for ourselves," said first-team coach Morgan. "With them going down to ten men we were a little bit disappointed that we didn't manage the game better in the second half.

"You have to give credit to Wolves, I though Scott (Sellars, Wolves coach) and his lads were excellent. They played with a real intensity and they wanted to come here and play against our first-team players.

"For us it's a winning start, three points, and the positives are that some of young players have got a taste of it as well. It shows to them what's needed, because they're trying to make a career."

Coming in from the cold, Ebanks-Blake impressed the management team and gave them something to think about ahead of the weekend trip to AFC Wimbledon.

"He was excellent, he showed a great attitude," said Morgan. "It was typical Sylvan, he gets his goal, a poacher's goal, and on another night he could possibly have got a hat-trick.

"Typical Sylvan, at half time he was asking if it was a proper goal - of course it's a proper goal, it's a proper tournament!

"He has been away from the first-team squad, but we can only have seven people on the bench. We've taken a judgement from pre-season and we've thought the lads who are on the bench offer us a little bit more.

"Sylvan's thrown himself back among the mix, it certainly gives the gaffer and I thoughts."

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